3+2 Accelerated Degree Program

Accelerated B.A. / M.A. Political Science Program
Early Entry M.A. Political Science Program

About the Program

Political science majors interested in pursuing a master of arts in political science have the opportunity to complete both a B.A. and M.A. degree in five years (including summers).

First-year college students entering Texas State University with AP and / or dual credit hours may be able to complete both degrees in even less time.


Students may be admitted to the M.A. program without a GRE exam if they have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students who lack 12 or fewer semester hours toward graduation may apply for graduate admission to begin taking graduate course(s) during their final term of undergraduate study. The application process is through The Graduate College. Graduate status is provisional until the B.A. is awarded.

Graduate course(s) taken under this status will be applied to the student’s master’s degree. The graduate courses taken during the undergraduate’s senior year and applied to the M.A. degree are tailored to meet the individual educational and career goals of each student.

The M.A. non-thesis program requires the successful completion of 36 graduate course hours with a 3.0 minimum GPA and a written comprehensive examination.

Choose from 6 concentrations:

  • General
  • American
  • Law
  • Theory
  • International Relations
  • Comparative 

Ready to apply?

For more information and how to apply to the 3+2 program, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cecilia Castillo, MA program director.